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I’m back! I’ve finished writing my book, the last files are going off to the editor tomorrow, and at last I can think about chess and my blog again.

For a long time one of my many passwords (Not for this site, though! Don’t get any ideas!) has been “iamtheboss.” The point is that the letters make a nice triangle when you put them on a grid:

I

A M

T H E

B O S S

As a lover of silly word games and long diagonals, I thought this morning, “That’s kind of lame. Only four lines? Surely I can do better than that!”

Now that’s a really long diagonal!

Obviously this is not a quote from anybody, but who would have been the most plausible player to say it? I think that the best candidate, by virtue of his arrogance and occasionally orotund writing style, would be Alexander Alekhine.

I’ll be back in a couple days with something more serious. I don’t know what yet, but we’ll see. Any comments on the theme of word play, Alexander Alekhine, passwords (be careful) or diagonals are more than welcome!

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